Sierra Penstomen 2010

Sunrise Camp, Yosemite, August 2006

  • Penstemon heterophyllus Lindl.
  • Bunchleaf penstemon, Foothill beardtongue, Foothill penstemon
  • Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
  • USDA Symbol: PEHE3
  • USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

Penstemon heterophyllus is a member of the flora in many local habitat types from grassland to chaparral to forests. It is a perennial herb producing upright, branching stems easily exceeding one meter in height and becoming woody at the bases. The leaves are variable in shape and may reach nearly 10 centimeters long. The inflorescence produces several wide-mouthed tubular flowers up to 4 centimeters in length. The flowers may be shades of blue or purple to nearly magenta.

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